Rs 1-lakh-crore road projects for North-East

By: | Updated: March 23, 2016 1:05 AM

The road transport and highways ministry has set an ambitious target of awarding road projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore in the North-East in the next five years.

The road transport and highways ministry has set an ambitious target of awarding road projects worth
Rs 1 lakh crore in the North-East in the next five years.

Attending the parliamentary consultative committee of the road transport and highways ministry, minister Nitin Gadkari said several bridges have already come up on the Brahmaputra, providing relief to a large number of people in the region.

Connectivity has been one of the biggest problems in NE. The minister had earlier said, besides surface connectivity, electricity and good mobile connection will attract industries to the region.

National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), which develops national highways, mainly in the Seven Sister states apart from West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand, is currently entrusted with 109 projects with a total length of 7,148 km. “They are at various stages of development,” a release said.

Gadkari also informed the members that there are plans to make a 1,100-km all-weather road at Rs 12,000 crore in Uttarakhand, of which work worth around R650-700 crore has already been awarded.

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